Haunted hotels, thousands of jack-o-laterns, creepy woods, ghosts towns, and more. Check out some of these spooky spots just in time for Halloween.
Ghost Adventure Package at The Hotel Alex
Courtesy Hotel Alex.
Spend a night at Hotel Alex Johnson, a historic inn in Rapid City, South Dakota, that has long been known as one of the most haunted hotels in the country. The hotel offers a Ghost Adventure package including accommodations in a reported paranormal room, a K2 meter (ghost detector) and more.
Drive Thru Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
Courtesy of Visit Rhode Island.
For a family-friendly fright, celebrate the Halloween festivities with the drive-through Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, at 1000 Elmwood Avenue in Providence, RI. Through the month of October, witness more than 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins from the comfort and safety of your own car.
Ghost Town, Bodie, California
Photo by Myles McGuiness
California's Bodie State Historic Park spans 500 acres in Mono County. Bodie is a Gold Rush–era ghost town frozen in time. More than 100 structures remain, as do spirits of prospectors still looking for gold. While dishware shards and nails can be found on the streets, anyone who takes home a souvenir risks the curse of Bodie (and it’s also against park rules).
Museum Haunted by Fearing
Photo courtesy the Museum of Albemarle
At the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, the ghost of Fred Fearing has been seen roaming the halls. Fearing was a local historian and a supporter of the museum who bequeathed to the museum many artifacts from his extensive personal collection and he swore he would keep watch over them. Museum employees report hearing a man's voice, seeing a man standing on the stairway landing late at night, hearing a radio playing a vintage 1930s show and seeing the impression on an antique bed donated by Fearing as if someone had been sitting on the edge of the mattress. Travelers can swing by the museum to learn about the history of Elizabeth City
The city's annual ghost walk was canceled this year, but is planned to return in 2021 which will also mark the 120th anniversary of Ella Cropsey’s death. On the night of November 20, 1901, Cropsey disappeared from her home in Elizabeth City. Thirty-seven days later, her body was found floating in the Pasquotank River. Despite a man having been convicted of her murder, many questions about her death remain and her spirit is said to still haunt her home.
An Evil Hollow
Photo courtesy of Sica Hollow State Park.
Explore the stunningly eerie foliage and spirits of Sica Hollow State Park in Sisseton, South Dakota. Sioux legends of Sica Hollow (pronounced SHE-cha) recall mysterious happenings and saw the red bogs as ominous signs. Visitors often report witnessing strange natural phenomena, such as green glowing tree stumps and moaning waterfalls, while walking the “Trail of Spirits.”
A Tragic Death at a Luxurious Resort
Photo courtesy Hotel del Coronado.
In 1892, 24-year-old Kate Morgan checked into the luxurious waterfront resort Hotel del Coronado in San Diego and then ended her life on the hotel’s staircase. Legend has it that her third-floor guestroom experiences haunted happenings like flickering lights, inexplicable sounds, and shifting items. Find additional haunted locales in San Diego here.
Jack Kerouac's Ghost
Photo courtesy Haslam's Book Store
Haslam's Book Store in St. Petersburg, Florida opened in 1933 but the building has been around since the '20s. Jack Kerouac is the bookstore's most famous ghost. While alive, Kerouac frequented Haslam’s, where he would look for his books and reportedly move them around to make sure they were well placed. Since his death, staff sometimes find his books on the floor or moved up to eye level on the shelves.
Marilyn Monroe Still Wanders These Halls
Photo courtesy Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
The swanky Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, in Los Angeles is home to one of the most glamorous ghosts of all time. It’s said that Marilyn Monroe herself still haunts the halls. Guests have also reported mysterious trumpet music believed to be the spirit of Montgomery Clift who liked to practice in suite 928.
The Haunted 'Pink Palace' Resort
Photo courtesy The Don Cesar Hotel
The Don Cesar Hotel, in St. Pete Beach, Florida was originally built in the 1920s. Known as “The Pink Palace” the resort is famous for being haunted by the man who built it, Thomas Rowe and his forbidden love Lucinda. Hotel staffers report strange happenings throughout the hotel and especially on floor five where Thomas lived. Housekeepers hear mysterious knocking at doors while cleaning rooms, yet find no one there. Swinging doors open by themselves to accommodate staffers laden with trays. Guests report sighting a young couple strolling the grounds: a man wearing a white suit with an old-fashioned Panama hat and a woman in a traditional Spanish peasant dress.
The Ghosts of Gulfport
Photo courtesy Historic Peninsula Inn
Historic Peninsula Inn has been part of the heart of Gulfport, Florida since 1905. A history as a boarding house and military hospital has left the building with ghosts. Nicknamed "Isabelle," the hotel's famous spirit died in the 1950s, and is said to have stuck around. She's often heard running up and down the third floor between 4 and 5 AM. Guests on the second floor hear the sound of footsteps above them while those on the third floor hear nothing at all.
Haunted by The Blood of Thousands
Photo courtesy Winchester Mystery House
A door that leads to nowhere and a staircase that dead ends into the ceiling? It’s said that widow Sarah Winchester designed the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California this peculiar way to confuse the ghosts of the men killed by her late husband’s creation, the repeating Winchester rifle, used in numerous wars. Did her efforts work, or is her mansion still haunted by all the death that funded its construction?